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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - May 25, 2015, Fairbanks, AlaskaOne Dollar monday May 25, 2015 Fairbanks Ner the voice of Interior Alaska since 1903 inside today avers found Safe and uninjured after night out near Harding lake.�a2 Good the weather. Cloudy with scattered rain Shower in the morning and highs around 70 degrees. High today.68 Low tonight .47 Sunrise 3 54 . Sunset 11 43 . Weather a a9corvias headed to court again compan wants to keep some documents secret during housing assessment Appeal by Matt Buxton Miu a to it not a Cut m the lengthy Battle Over the Fairbanks North Star boroughs Power to tax a private military housing company is going to courts for the second time. A Superior court hearing is expected this week on whether or not Covias military living can keep some documents secret while appealing the boroughs assessment of its housing units on Eielson air Force base. Last week Covias went before the boroughs Board of equalization to contest the boroughs $141 million assessment on the 900 Homes it manages. The company maintains the assessment should he a much lower $17 million. While making its Case the company requested to keep some documents detailing Trade secrets confidential. That request was opposed by the boroughs Legal department which maintains the Board of equalization has no mechanism for accept ing confidential documents. Normally documents surrounding property tax appeals Are Public because the resulting decision has the potential to shift the tax Burden to other tax payers. The Board of equalization declined to Rule on the Issue during its wednesday hearing kicking it Hack to Covias and the boroughs Legal department to figure out in court. Covias filed its Appeal in Superior court on thursday the Day after the hearing. The Borough Lues yet to file its response. In the filings Covias explains the Legal hacking for the Board of equalization to accept confidential documents. Quot to effectively rebut the assessor s valuation of More than $140 million Covias will have to disclose Many pieces of commercially sensitive financial data and proprietary information a explain documents filed by Covias on thursday the filings Point to Alaska Rule of civil procedure the Alaska uniform Trade secrets act and exemptions included in the Federal Freedom of information act. All the rules essentially protect the disclosure of information that could cause competitive harm. The taxation of the private company has been a Long standing Issue since the company took Over management of the on base housing. The company and the Borough spent much of a year attempting to negotiate what a called a payment in lieu of taxes a common tool to help reduce some tax burdens. Last years tax Hill was $1.8 million and the Borough offered to Covias a a8tri-Valley grads 17 students finish their High school careers. Kris Capps Page a3 he 01 11.legacy trucker local Man continues family tradition on Alaska roads makes top honors at trucking Competition. Interior Page a4improving China air Beijing reports a 19-percent drop of pm 2.5 pollution. Health Page b4 Noah Curtis to left and Kiloh Murphy 10, dump water on their Heads in front of John Sassman a few minutes before the last Day of school ends at Pearl Creek elementary school on thursday. Erin c a Nelissen news Miner first time teacher reflects on year by Weston Morrow we o r r o Vav i i newsm1ner.com desks were stacked hugs were Given and goodbyes were said throughout Fairbanks on thursday As the final Bell rang on the end of the 2014-2015 school year for some students it marked the end of their time in Grade school. For some teachers it marked the end of their 20-plus years of education service. For the vast majority of students and teachers however it simply marked the end of a single chapter in an ongoing Story. For John Sassman a fourth Grade teacher at Pearl Creek elementary school it served As validation. It was the validation of a Complete career change of a return to College and of countless hours in the classroom As both a student and a teacher. At 35, Sassman is somewhat older than the average first year teacher. I be came to the career following several years in real estate development in new York and new Jersey. He left that path and then spent to o years serving in the peace corps in Albania with his wife Meagen. At 2 . Thursday Sassman completed the last Day of the first year of his career As an elementary school teacher and with the temperament of a True elementary teacher he did it w Ith a smile on his face. After months trapped alone in a classroom with two dozen 10 year Olds s ass Many a frequent smile might be interpreted As a Forward looking one aimed squarely at summer vacation. Talking to him though it quickly became Clear his thoughts a and that Wist til smile a were focused More on the memories of a school year than on the Hopes of a summer off. A i know it sounds corny but this year was pretty magical pretty amazing Quot Sassman said. Though it was his first year As a full teacher the 2014-15 school year Wasny to Sassmann a first w Ith the school District. While attending the Post baccalaureate teaching program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2013, Sassman interned As a student teacher at Pearl Creek. He spent the entire 2013-14 school year working with Veteran teacher Brent Rodenberger. His wife gave birth to a daughter. He graduated from the Post baccalaureate program enrolled in the graduate teaching program and w As hired As a fourth Grade teacher at the same school where he had interned. A quite honestly i was terrified on my first Day last year a her said. A up until then i Hadnot had any formal training no teacher training no he made it through that first year and came Back for More this time with a clue. He had an idea what to expect and what to do. School a a5 Burn permits remain suspended by Sam Friedman a Friedman a a Burn permit suspension remains in effect in the Fairbanks area despite slightly cooler weather that technically puts Fairbanks just outside red Flag conditions. Jim Schwarber a spokesman for the Alaska division of forestry who sent out a news release sunday morning reminding people that the Burn permit suspension remains in effect. A the Point that we want to make is that even without the extremely hot weather we still have very dry conditions and it la take More than some sprinkles to make it Safe to have fire outside again a he said. The bum permit suspension has been in effect since May 14. The Burn permit suspension applies to open burning of Yard debris or lawns which is not allowed until further notice even for people who have Burn permits. Small three foot by three foot campfires inside bum barrels Are allowed but the division of forestry asks people to try to avoid any kind of burning until conditions improve. Any campfires or Burn barrels should have Clear areas around them and should be thoroughly extinguished. So far Fairbanks area residents have done a Good Job of keeping human started fires to a minimum this season despite a extremely insane hum indices he said. Burn a a8 sourdough Jack Quot my family s got tradition too. A tradition of Iovin dogs and latin too much inside c classified a b7 Bison hulls making their Way Down the Tanana to Shageluk Herd by Sam Friedman Fri dem an it news Miner. Com there a a Barge floating Dow ii the Tanana River this week with an unusual cargo three Blue shipping containers with a White Silhouette of a Bison. Inside each Container Are four male Wood Bison which Are being sent far downriver in time to mate with Bison cows in a new experimental Herd established this Spring near the far w Estern Interior town of Shageluk. Moving the Bison bulls was one of the final Steps of a More than 20-year-old plan to re establish North americans largest land mammal in Alaska. Bison were plentiful in the Interior until about 100 years ago. In april alaskans department of fish and Dame used a cargo plane to Fly about 100 cows and calves to establish a Herd in the Inoko River area near Shageluk. The hulls will take a different itinerary to reach Shageluk. On saturday a Crew trucked them up the Parks Highway to Nenana from the Alaska wildlife conservation Center near Anchorage. From there they w Ere loaded onto the Barge for an anticipated four Day trip Down the Tanana and Yukon Rivers. The oldest bulls in the group Are part of the group moved from banana to the Alaska Wii like ecu Lei 11 2008 to establish the new Herd. The bulls took the boat instead of the plane because it Wasny tas time sensitive to get them to their new Home Early in the Spring said Alaska department of fish and comics dear abby�a7 health�b4 obituaries a8 Bison a a8 opinion �a6. A i a of Cju be. A 1 biologist Josh Pierce stands next to a mature Wood Bison Hull at Alaska wildlife conservation Center on saturday Phat it harms Alaska department of fish and game spot is

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